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Islamic Economies @4IR : Waqf Revival

The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) brings with it opportunities that can benefit humankind. The opportunities include enhancing a collaborative economy where the principle of waqf can play a unifying role in social, political and economic spheres.

The revival of waqf institution in the 4IR requires a systematic approach and cooperation among stakeholders, including academics, researchers, NGOs, members of the community, and industry players to engage in meaningful and thought-provoking discussions on waqf and its role in higher education.

Waqf can be applied as a tool in strengthening university income generation that can help to ensure sustainability of the university. It is a perpetual and long-term alternative source of funding for universities, benefiting from the altruistic deeds of individuals, groups or organisations.

The waqf assets should be invested so that the returns from the investment of these assets continue to generate benefits for the beneficiaries. The returns can be used to provide free education and healthcare, alleviation of poverty, creation of jobs and many more. However, challenges remain. One is the lack of information or knowledge about waqf; another is misunderstandings about the concept of waqf, such as waqf is confined to a small section of community activities or assumed to be similar to endowment. Platforms such as HEF 2018 will be able to enhance awareness on waqf and its vast potentials.


Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education)

The Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) principally tasked with its agencies for the growth and development of higher education in Malaysia. The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) has 10 Shifts or thrusts to propel the Malaysian higher education system. Among the key goals and visions of the Ministry include producing holistic, entrepreneurial and balanced graduates, creating an innovation ecosystem, enhancing public-private partnerships, empower technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and making Malaysia an international education hub.

Shift 5 of the blueprint aims to ensure long-term financial sustainability of the higher education system. In line with this, the University Transformation Programme (UniTP) Purple Book includes Enhancing University Income Generation; and Endowment & Waqf was developed, which serves as a relevant guide to implementing activities related to university income generation.


Royal Guest

His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah
Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah
Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan


Session 1
Collaborative Economy: Waqf as the New Driver


This session aims to highlight the importance of waqf as a new driver in Islamic Economies contributing to national development;


It hopes to deliberate on the need to have a balanced perspective, in terms of the status of waqf today, and having waqf organisations which are relevant for the integration of waqf into the Islamic financial industry as well as the mainstream modern economy via a collaborative economy;


The session dwells into analysing the channels and impact of waqf finance on real economic activities, using a collaborative model of Islamic financing in various sub-sectors of the economy in the 4IR era; and

Share Experiences

Speakers may share their experiences and aspirations for Malaysian waqf institutions, provide insights as to what role Waqf can play in socio-economic development, how similar or different it is from the conventional financial system or western philosophy, and how its effectiveness can be enhanced including awareness and participation of the general public.

Session 2
Talent, Innovation and Enablers


This session aims to highlight the enormous economic impacts created by the merger of technology with manufacturing. It also highlights some possible major workforce issues as talent, innovation and enablers keep evolving under 4IR;

Societal Mindset

It hopes to deliberate on creating a societal mindset of waqf as an enabler through the higher education system and processes, the imperative being greater private-sector involvement and initiatives in higher education and training institutions to deliver the education and workforce training while embracing 4IR;

Issues and Challenges

The session also aims to deliberate the issues and challenges facing OIC member countries related to innovation and talent development especially in the context of 4IR, and the importance of enablers such as government intervention. This issue is important as OIC Annual Economic Report indicates that OIC member countries are lagging behind other developed and developing countries in terms of technological innovation; and

Share Experiences

Speakers may share their experiences and aspirations especially the roles of government and industry as the enablers of an innovation ecosystem for talent development and innovation, so as to meet the needs and challenges of 4IR.

Session 3
Education and Social Development

Our Role

This session aims to answer the question: What role should higher education play in the social development of a country especially in the context of 4IR;

What We Want

Some of the issues that can be raised include: What type of society do we want, thus what knowledge and skills, social values, cultural competencies are important for nation building; and


This session will also explore how higher education can equip future generations with the right set of knowledge and skills and how higher education sector can be transformed especially in the wake of 4IR. Discussions may centre around the themes to educational content, access, delivery and other dimensions such as financing via waqf platform.

Session 4
Policy and Impact

Policy Makers

This session aims to discuss the importance of policy makers in formulating the strategies and guidelines, implementation, coordination and governance to achieve the agenda discussed in the earlier sessions such as those related to waqf, innovation, talent and technology, higher education as well as social and economic development; and

Share Experiences

Speakers may share their insights and experiences working with different government and related agencies on the areas of waqf, talent and innovation, education and social development.





Prof. Dr. Murat Çizakça

Prof. Dr. Murat Çizakça is a member of Academia Europaea and European Science Foundation and currently a Professor of Islamic Finance at Karatay University in Konya, Turkey. He started his career as a Professor of Economics and Economic History at Bogaziçi, Koc, Fatih and Bahcesehir Universities, Istanbul from 1975 till 2005. In 2006, he became the “Third Allianz Visiting Professor for Islamic Studies in L.M.U> Munich University, Germany. Starting from 2007till 2015, Prof. Dr. Murat became a Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics History at INCEIF University, Malaysia. He was also elected as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg), Germany. 1997-98 academic year, and Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes, France. Spring, 2015. He is fluent in Turkish, English, German; reading ability in Dutch, French, and Ottoman Turkish. Some of his publications are “Islam and the Challenges of Western Capitalism” (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2014), “Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future” (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011), “A History of Philanthropic Foundations: The Islamic World From the Seventh Century to the Present” (Istanbul: Bogazici University Press, 2000), and “A Comparative Evolution of Business Partnerships: Islamic World and the West, with Specific Reference to the Ottoman Archives”, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996). He contributed in more than 100 articles in various academic journals.

He holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Leicester University, England in 1968, and Ph.D in Economics, Economics History Program from University of Pennsylvania in 1978.


Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sadiah Sheikh Bakir

Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sadiah Sheikh Bakir is the Chairman of Awqaf Holdings Bhd, a community-driven corporate Waqf institution in Malaysia, appointed since 1st November 2017 taking over from its founding Chairman the late Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim who passed away on 31st October 2017.

Tan Sri Datin Paduka Siti Sadiah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from University of Malaya on 1971 and a Master of Business Administration, Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Tan Sri is currently a Director of KPJ Healthcare Berhad (KPJ), Malaysia’s leading provider of private healthcare service.Prior to that, Tan Sri was the Managing Director of KPJ from March 1993 until her retirement in December 2012. She was appointed as KPJ’s Corporate Advisor from January 2013 to December 2014 and was the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of KPJ Healthcare University College (KPJUC), from August 2011 to December 2016.

Tan Sri commenced her career with Johor Corporation (JCorp) in 1974, and was appointed as the Chief Executive of Kumpulan Perubatan (Johor) Sdn Bhd, from 1989 until the listing of KPJ Healthcare in 1994. Aligning strategic, visionary and transformational leadership in KPJ, the Group has been able to break much new ground and achieve unprecedented success on many fronts in owning and managing private hospitals since 1981.

Tan Sri sits on various corporate Boards, namely CCM Duopharma Biotech Berhad, OSK Holdings Berhad , and as the Chairman of Nationwide Express Holdings Berhad. She was an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bursa Malaysia from 2004 to 2012.

Tan Sri is the Chairman of University Utara Malaysia (UUM), an eminent management university in Malaysia since June 2016 and is the Pro-Chancellor of University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) since 1st November 2016.

She is the President of Malaysian Society for Quality in Health (MSQH) the Healthcare accrediting body elected since 1998. She also a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the Razak School of Government (RSOG). She also sits on various others boards and committees, both public and private sectors.

In 2010, she became the first woman ever to be named “CEO of The Year”, in recognition of her achievements in 2009, by the New Straits Times Press and American Express and remains the only woman ever to receive the award in history for almost 15 years.

Tan Sri launched her biography entitled “Siti Sadiah : Driven by Vision, Mission and Passion”, penned by Professor Rokiah Talib, Penerbitan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2013. Tan Sri still actively shares her experience on numerous platforms each year, in order to inspire and encourage other leaders to soar to their greatest potential.


Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar

Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group. One of its flagship companies - Amanie Advisors, is operating in few cities globally. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Shariah Advisory Council at the Central Bank of Malaysia, the Securities Commission of Malaysia, the Labuan Financial Services Authority, and the First Abu Dhabi Bank. He is also a Shariah board member of various global financial institutions, including the National Bank of Oman (Oman), Bank of London and Middle East (London), BNP Paribas (Bahrain), and Dow Jones Islamic Market Index (New York).

He sits as a Board Director at Sime Darby Property Berhad and a member of the PNB Investment Committee. He is also the third Chair Professor in Islamic Banking and Finance of Yayasan Tun Ismail Mohamed Ali Berdaftar PNB at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.

Under his leadership, Amanie Advisors received the “Islamic Economy Knowledge Infrastructure Award” at the Global Islamic Economy Summit, Dubai 2015. Earlier, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the International Islamic University Malaysia. He received his first degree in Shariah from University of Kuwait in 1988 and obtained his PhD from University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom in 1993. In 2002, he completed his external Bachelor of Jurisprudence at University of Malaya.



Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Al-Habshi

Datuk Dr. Syed Othman Al-Habshi joined INCEIF in March 2007 and was Deputy President (Academic), from 2008 to 2017. He holds a Ph.D. in Econometrics from University of Birmingham, U.K. Since 1969, he has served four universities, namely Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan, International Islamic University and Universiti Utara. He was the Founding President and CEO of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak until March 2005. He sat on Boards of Maybank Islamic (2006-2014), Etiqa Takaful (1994-2013), Pak-Kuwait Takaful Pakistan (2005-2014). He currently sits on the Boards of University Technical MARA, Runnymede Group of Companies and Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia. He also served in Shariah Committees of Etiqa Takaful (2008-2014), Malaysian Nasional Reinsurance (2005-2011), Singapore Unit Trusts (2007 – 2017) and currently serves as Shariah Advisor of Labuan Reinsurance, Nomura Asset Management Malaysia and Amanah Mutual Berhad of PNB. He has 12 books and many academic papers in Islamic Economics and Finance to his credit.


Envisaging Imminent Challenges towards Producing Robust Talent and Technologies



Dr. Basil Mustafa
PhD, MEd (Oxon)

Dr. Basil Mustafa is the Nelson Mandela Fellow in Educational Studies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. Dr. Basil Mustafa was an Associate Tutor at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford (1998-2008). He held an Associate Fellowship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2010-2012) where he participated as lecturer and coach in executive education. Dr Mustafa has been lecturing widely in Malaysia, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia on the impact of values-based leadership on corporate performance.

Dr. Basil Mustafa has special interest in e-learning and distance learning programmes. His taught courses at the Department for Continuing Education include ‘Islam in the Modern World’ and ‘Islam and the West’. He has contributed to the Leadership Development Programme of the Executive Education Centre, Saïd Business School. At Saïd Business School, he has coached leadership competency workshops for the Abu Dhabi Civil Service Department (2009-2011). Dr. Basil Mustafa has been a lecturer and coach on the Program for Advanced Leadership and Management, Madinah, Saudi Arabia, since 2012 and also for the Cranfield University Business School.

Dr. Basil Mustafa was invited in 2007 by the United States Department of State to take part in its International Visitor Leadership Program




Dato’ Norhalim Yunus

Dato’ Norhalim Yunus is the Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC). MTDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional, the investment arm of the Malaysian Government.

He has been the CEO of MTDC since June 2008 and has extensive experience in the commercialization of public sector universities’ research results, early stage technology ventures, innovation policy development and fund management. He is one of the pioneers in the commercialization of R&D results from public universities/research institutes in Malaysia and has played many roles related to the overall development of the Malaysian technology commercialization ecosystem; as a venture capital fund manager, government grant manager, incubator manager and as industry experts in various public sector innovation-related committees.

He joined MTDC in 1993 and has had the opportunity to be deeply involved in the Malaysian innovation ecosystem development. From the early beginnings of working with local universities to commercialize their research results, to introducing various funding schemes to assist entrepreneurs to start companies, to the creation of the first university-based incubator and various other innovation initiatives that have been introduced in Malaysia.

Dato’ Norhalim Yunus holds a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Malaysia.


Dr. Mohamed Moustafa Mahmoud

Dr. Mohamed Moustafa Mahmoud (known as Dr. 3M) has 20 years of experience as university professor in Management Science in USA. Canada, Egypt and Kuwait. Followed by 23 years of experience in very senior positions in the private sector (Savola Group, Saudi Arabia), Government (Director of Office of Strategy Management, City of Jeddah; and Adviser of 3 Saudi Ministers: Health, Labor and Economic and Planning). Currently the CEO of Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship and Chief Adviser at The newly-established National Center for Performance Measurement of Public Entities. Currently playing a key role in the formulation and implementation of the Saudi National Vision 2030. Dr. 3M has 23 years’ experience in Strategic Planning and strategy deployment and monitoring using the Balanced Scorecard methodology. He led more than 50 strategic planning projects at private, public and organizations. He led a major project at City of Jeddah which was awarded the Kaplan-Norton Hall of Fame Award.


Prof. Dr. Ainun Na’im

Prof. Dr. Ainun Na’im is the Secretary General of the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, The Republic of Indonesia. Ainun Na’im began his career as Lecturer at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in 1986. Entering academia, He becoming Professor of Accounting in 2007.

He is a Council member of the Indonesian Association of Accountants (IAI). His career has taken him to key positions throughout the world of academia, as Dean, the Faculty of Economics and Business, UGM in 2004 and as Senior Vice Rector UGM in 2007.

His strong background in Accounting has been a key asset for His career in public service, in which He first served as Director of Finance, PT. PERTAMINA (an Indonesian state-owned company that carry out integrated business in oil, gas, renewable and new energy) in 2000, Secretary General, the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2011 before being appointed as Secretary General, the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in 2015.


Datuk Ir. (Dr.) A Rahim Hj Hashim

Datuk Ir. (Dr.) A Rahim Hj Hashim was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the Universiti of Malaya on November 1, 2017. He graduated in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1976 and later received an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the same university in 2006.

He worked for PETRONAS for 32 years from September 1976 to December 2008 and held some important and key positions. These include as MD/CEO of PETRONAS Penapisan Melaka and Malaysian Refining Company (1991-1998), Vice President of Human Resource Management (1998-2002), Vice President of Gas Business (2002-2006) and Vice President Research and Technology (2006-2008). He was also the Technical Manager (1982 – 1987) and Refinery Manager (1987 – 1988) for PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd, the PETRONAS first refinery at Kerteh.

A professional engineer, he sat on the Board of Engineers Malaysia and was Chairman of the Engineering Accreditation Council of Malaysia (2007-2012). He is currently an Advisor of Institute of Materials Malaysia, a Fellow and a Council Member of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, a member of the Board of Engineers National Monitoring Committee, a board member of ICE Petroleum Engineering Sdn. Bhd., a board member of Deleum Berhad, a public listed company and a Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau MyCEB’s Kesatria.

In October 2016 he was admitted as a William Pitt Fellow by the Pembroke College of Cambridge. He is the Past President of the International Gas Union (2009-2012), the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Gas Association (2003-2015) and Past President of the Asia Pacific Natural Gas Vehicle Association (2003-2009). He attended the Harvard Advance Management Program in 1997.


Institutional Strategies for Economies Collaboration Reform



Dr. Francisco Javier Marmolejo

Dr. Francisco Javier Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education. As the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), he serves as the institutional focal point on this topic, and provides advice and support to country-level related tertiary education projects that the Bank has in more than 70 countries. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, he served for 18 years as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, an international network of more than 160 universities and colleges based at the University of Arizona, USA where he also worked as Assistant Vice President, Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico. He has worked as International Consultant at the headquarters of OECD in Paris. He serves or has served on advisory boards and committees at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives, NAFSA, World Education Services, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan.




Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail

Prof. Datuk Dr. Asma Ismail is a woman of many firsts. She currently serves as first woman Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and first woman VC of Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in 2012. making her first woman appointed twice as VC of public universities. She served as the country’s first woman Director-General of Higher Education and is currently the first woman President of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (2016-2019).

With her BSc in Biology from University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), MA (Microbiology) from Indiana University, Bloomington and PhD (Cellular and Molecular Biology) from UNR, Asma made scientific discoveries that led to attainment of 13 patents and commercialization of rapid diagnostic test for typhoid called TYPHIDOT which was advocated by WHO. As a researcher, she published 131 papers, received more than 213 awards and recognitions, presented more than 371 papers including 294 invited talks/plenaries and 31 keynotes both at national and international levels. She was elected to The Academy of Sciences Malaysia in 2003, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) in 2010 and The Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 2016. She was elected as Honorary Member of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017.

Her landmark contributions to Malaysia’s higher education system include establishment of the prestigious National Academic Award, 5 Research Universities in Malaysia and co-helmed development and implementation of The Malaysian Education Blueprint (higher education) 2013-2025.

For these and other achievements, she received an Honorary Doctor of Science from University of Glasgow in 2013, Indiana University's Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in 2015, Honorary Degree Doctor of the University, Keele University and Honorary Doctorate in Literature from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies (KUFS) in 2017 respectively.


Prof. Dato’ Dr. Azmi Omar

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Azmi Omar serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of INCEIF - The Global University of Islamic Finance since October 2017. Prior to this he was the Director General of Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he held the position for almost six years and A senior professor and university administrator at the International Islamic University Malaysia for almost 30 years. At IRTI, Azmi pioneered and introduced many innovative policy researches which culminated into flagship reports such as IRTI Islamic Social Finance Report and IDB-World Bank Global Report on Islamic Finance. Azmi has also advised and provide technical assistance to a number of IDB member countries in their implementation Islamic Finance. He is a member of the External Advisory Group for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Interdepartmental Working Committee on Islamic Finance and Board of Trustees of Responsible Finance Institute (RFI) Foundation. Azmi was awarded “The Most Outstanding Individual Contribution to Islamic Finance” in the KLIFF Islamic Finance Awards 2015. He may be contacted at [email protected]



Mr. Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff

Mr. Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff is the founder of Inovastra Capital Sdn. Bhd., a company providing advisory services in leadership, governance and strategy. He is an Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Cagamas Holdings Berhad, an Independent Non-Executive Director of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, Independent Non-Executive Chairman of BIMB Investment Management Berhad, a Public-Interest Director of the Federation of Investment Managers Malaysia and a member of the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee set up by Bank Negara Malaysia. Nik was the Executive Director in charge of Market and Corporate Supervision at the Securities Commission Malaysia and the former Executive Chairman of the Audit Oversight Board. Nik was also member of Bursa Malaysia Listing Committee and served on the Operational Review Panel of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. As a FCPA of CPA Australia, Nik was very involved with the accountancy profession in Malaysia and the region. He was a former President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, former VicePresident of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants and served on the Executive and Strategy committees of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants. He was also the chairman of the Committee to Strengthen the Accountancy Profession which recommended measures to reform the Malaysian accountancy profession.


Sound Policy Making: Efficient Development Planning and Effective Monitoring Mechanisms Through Data Sharing



Dr. Davut Gazi Benli

Dr. Davut Gazi Benli was born in Germany in 1965. He graduated from the Ataturk University Islamic Sciences Faculty. He obtained two different master degrees. One of them is from Basic Islamic Sciences in Hadith subject. The other one is from Centre for European Union Researches in Ankara University. He worked in different governmental institutions including Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a consultant and European Union Programs as coordinator affiliated to the Prime Ministry. For almost eight years he has been working in Prime Ministry General Directorate of Foundations (Awqaf) as Head of Foreign Affairs Unit. He attended in many international events as a speaker especially in Awqaf sector. As a writer he published four books. One of them is about an Ottoman waqf which served a founder a town in Anatolia: “The Lost Heritage of the CAN (the name of the town).” Davut G. Benli is married and father of Muhammed Salman




Dr. Abdulmohsen Alkharafi

Date and Place of Birth: 19 April 1957 – Kuwait

Ph.D. in Mathematics - Loughborough Universityof technology, UK, year

  • Dean , Faculty of Basic Education at Public Authority of Applied Education and Training previously, Kuwait
  • Secretary general of Public Trust of Awqaf previously
  • Chairman of Alaal wa Alasshab Cultural House

Three Scientific books (teaching): three books

  • Documentary, historical and kuwait heritage books: 25 books
  • Presidency and membership of multiple committees, projects, funds and participation The book winning the state incentive award for Social Human Sciences for 2005
  • White Hands (Alayadi Albeed )… appreciation record of Kuwaiti donators in the field of health services support in Kuwait , and abroad

Three Regional awards in the field of voluntary and charity work.


Mr. Zeinoul Abedien Cajee

Mr. Zeinoul Abedien Cajee [CA(SA) (M Ed)] is the founding CEO of the National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa (Awqaf SA). He serves as consulting partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants. He held a senior lectureship in the Faculty of management & Economic Sciences at the University of Johannesburg . He participated in the first “Management of Awqaf Properties” course organised by IRTI/ IDB , Jeddah, in 1984 and has participated, written and presented several papers on the subject of Awqaf at various international conferences and fora. Passionate about youth development, his studies in Education focused on Islamic-values / activities-based leadership and learning programmes. He is keen and passionate about developing the Waqf sector particularly in Muslim Minorities and is instrumental in its proliferation in other countries. He works as a team member. He is married to Amina who is his constant companion and support and has three sons. Alhamdulillah.


Dr. Abbas Sadri Akbar

Dr. Abbas Sadri Akbar was born in Sirjan (1952), the city is located in the Central part of Iran in Kerman province. He went to primary and secondary school in Sirjan then he was transferred to Kerman to continue his study in Kerman University. Subsequently, he moved to USA for continuing his studies in Management organizational development (1979). He got back to Iran in 1980.

His career begun with working as a teacher in Hormozgan province and then he was shifted to Tehran. in the Ministry of Education. He was in-charged of running Technical Vocational University for 15 years and he has the experience of working as acting Minister in International affairs (MOE) (1991-2003). In 2004, he was appointed as the director of ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran (affiliated OIC member States) and he has been working in this position for 14 years.


Prof. Dato’ Dr Ahmad Hidayat Buang

Prof. Dato’ Dr Ahmad Hidayat Buang currently is a Professor at Shariah and Law Department, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Studied at University of Malaya. Received Bachelor of Shariah (Islamic Law) (first class honours) in 1987 from University of Malaya. Later, went to London to receive further training at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and obtained LL.M in 1989 and PhD in 1996. Area of specialization is Islamic law of transactions and property, contemporary issues of fatwa and Shariah courts in Malaysia. Has been teaching at the University of Malaya since 1987 both at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Awarded a number of governmental and international research fund as Principal Investigator with the accumulative amount of RM800,000. Authored and edited six books. Served as consultant and adviser on Shariah matters to several Banks and financial institutions in Malaysia and Singapore. Currently served as Chairman of the Shariah Supervisory Council for Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) and Chairman of Group Shariah Committee for MNRB. Qualified Shariah Legal Counsel in the Federal Territory Shariah Courts. Appointed as visiting lecturer at Religious Department, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in 2001, awarded as visiting research associate at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, UK in 2005, visiting fellow at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London in 2006 and visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA in 2011. Conferred DSDK by His Majesty the Sultan of Kedah which carries the title Dato' in conjuction of His Highness 88th birthday on 17th January 2016.


Higher Education Forum (HEF) 2018 Islamic Economies @4IR: Waqf Revival Programme

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